Roger Pimentel Roger Pimentel is a product marketing manager at one of the world's largest technology companies. He is a ward mission leader and previously worked on the "I'm a Mormon" campaign. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two boys (and another on the way).

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  • Hymn #269: Jehovah, Lord of Heaven and Earth

    At the time of writing, there are 64 known countries and territories where missionaries are not allowed preach the Gospel (there are 246 countries and territories in the world). This includes countries with political environments unfriendly to LDS missionaries (such as China, Sudan, and North Korea), countries where missionaries used to be allowed to preach […]

  • Hymn #143: Let the Holy Spirit Guide

    I teach the Gospel Essentials class in my ward, and have the privilege of teaching basic doctrine each week. There are basic lessons on faith, scriptures, and prophets; each lesson covers basic tenets of our faith. They’re a joy to teach, because they let me boil down the gospel to its most basic parts—ultimately, it’s […]

  • Hymn #196: Jesus, Once of Humble Birth

    “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth” is one of seven hymns in the hymnbook written by Parley P. Pratt. While a couple of them are Restoration-focused (The Morning Breaks, An Angel From On High), Elder Pratt’s hymns tend to instead focus on more general Christian themes, such as the life and second coming of Jesus Christ. […]

  • Hymn #183: In Remembrance of Thy Suffering

    How many times have you heard the Sacrament prayers? As two of only a handful of rote prayers in the church, we hear them said exactly the same every week. Those raised in the Church may have heard them thousands of times; for myself, assuming weekly church attendance since birth, that’s 1,612 times. But when […]

  • Hymn #188: Thy Will, O Lord, Be Done

    In this common Sacrament hymn, we sing of the Savior deferring His will to that of the Father. First it is in the Council in Heaven, where our elder brother volunteers to come to Earth as our Savior; in a later verse it is Jesus Christ again submitting to the Father’s will as He suffers […]

  • Hymn #198: That Easter Morn

    From the General Conference pulpit in April 1992, Elder Marion D. Hanks, then of the Presidency of the Seventy, shared this sweet story: As Easter time approaches, let me share with you the tender story of an eleven-year-old boy named Philip, a Down’s syndrome child who was in a Sunday School class with eight other […]

  • Hymn #320: The Priesthood of Our Lord (Men)

    There has been plenty of talk recently about who should hold the Priesthood. I’m in no position to say who “should” hold the Priesthood, if it should be any different than it is right now. I can’t pretend to know the mind of the Lord or the word of the Lord on the matter, but […]

  • Hymn #2: The Spirit of God

    On  June 27, 2002, Saints in 72 countries around the world cried aloud, together with one voice, saying, “Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna, to God and the Lamb!” I was there, wearing a suit that was crisp and new. The day had tremendous significance to me, as it was the day I was set apart as a […]

  • Hymn #268: Come, All Whose Souls Are Lighted

    Here we have a hymn about missionary work from the early 1800’s, included in the first LDS hymnbook, written by a man named Heber. It’s all the makings of a Restoration hymn, but it surprisingly is not—no, Reginald Heber wrote this hymn while an Anglican priest, later to become the Bishop of Calcutta. As a […]

  • Hymn #66: Rejoice, the Lord Is King!

    Lift up your heart! Lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! Lift up your heart! Lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! Wycliffe, Luther, Tyndale, Calvin, Knox, Wesley. The author of this hymn is not John Wesley, the founder of the movement in 18th century England that became Methodism and Wesleyanism—but […]

  • Hymn #70: Sing Praise to Him

    How do you praise the Lord? As a church, we tend to be reserved about how we lavish praise on the Lord. Mormon church meetings generally emphasize reverence over boisterousness, and while we certainly sing praises to the Lord, we generally do so in traditional music styles (hymns) and with traditional instrumentation (organ or piano). […]

  • Hymn #244: Come Along, Come Along

    Much academic ink has been spilled on the topic of leadership. As far back as Plato and Plutarch, scholars have written on the topic. Academic theories such as Theory X and Theory Y or leader-member exchange theory have looked to identify the characteristics and behaviors of good leaders; great minds, both in and out of […]

  • Hymn #193: I Stand All Amazed

    There are hymns of praise. There are hymns of prayer. There are hymns of mourning, hymns of worship, and hymns of rejoicing. “I Stand All Amazed” is a hymn of wonder. I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me, Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me. I tremble to know […]

  • Hymn #76: God of Our Fathers, We Come unto Thee

    Ebenezer Beesley composed the music for this hymn, but the text is by Charles W. Penrose—an apostle and First Presidency counselor to Joseph F. Smith and Heber J. Grant. The music is tremendously memorable, and the message of this hymn is undoubtedly its equal. If you can’t recall the tune just from the title, listen here. […]

  • Hymn #145: Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire

    James Montgomery wrote over 400 hymns, over 100 of which are still in common use in Christian churches today. Within our own LDS hymnbook, we find Montgomery in the byline of two of our most beautiful and beloved hymns, The Lord is My Shepherd and A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief. We know and love […]

  • Hymn #327: Go, Ye Messengers of Heaven

    I remember—vividly—December 31, 2003. I was a 20-year-old missionary, serving in a small town tucked away in the mountains on the US-Canadian border. The wind chill was well below zero. The sky was perfectly clear, and despite the cold there wasn’t much snow—if you’d asked me, a boy from Florida, I’d have guessed it had […]

  • Hymn #271: Oh, Holy Words of Truth and Love

    Joyfully. That’s what the mood marking for this hymn says—to sing it joyfully. Its lilting, frolicking melody can hardly be sung any other way. There’s a quality about this hymn that makes it feel like a Primary song: the simplicity of its lyrics, perhaps, or maybe it’s that melody. They both have one thing in […]

  • Hymn #237: Do What Is Right

    This is not a hymn for the faint of heart. President Heber J. Grant went so far as to call it a “battle hymn”, in the Improvement Era in 1919. And rightly so. This is not a hymn about making small good decisions every day, though such is a legitimate gospel topic. No, this is […]

  • Hymn #1: The Morning Breaks

    When Parley P. Pratt wrote “The Morning Breaks, the Shadows Flee” in 1840, the morning was breaking. Elder Pratt lived in the present tense of the Gospel being restored. He was baptized in 1830—later in the same year that the Church was organized as a formal entity—and eventually served as one of the first members […]